Plant Functional Diversity and Ecosystem Functioning

There is still a stark disconnect between the science of diversity and the science of the Earth system. For example, biodiversity is still poorly represented in most Land Surface Models which use a very limited number of Plant Functional Types (PFT) in their representation of land surface properties.

It is now widely admitted that ecosystem properties and functioning depend on the functional characteristics of the most abundant species in the communities.

We attempt to incorporate Plant Functional Diversity into the modelling framework of Land Surface Models and test whether this improves our mechanistic understanding of the relationships linking climate, land use, biodiversity and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and water (more...).